Snyder names veteran BP lobbyist as new environmental chief

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A veteran oil company lobbyist who joined Michigan’s energy agency last year will lead the state Department of Environmental Quality in the wake of Flint’s water crisis.

Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday announced the appointment of Heidi Grether as DEQ director, effective Aug. 1.

She’s been deputy director of the Michigan Agency for Energy for a year.

Keith Creagh has led the DEQ for six months since Dan Wyant resigned due to fallout from Flint’s lead contamination. Creagh returns to directing the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Grether worked for BP America for more than 20 years and helped address the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Snyder says Grether “has decades of experience in environmental quality issues, and has effectively served during times of crises and recovery.”

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2 comments

  • Jay

    I feel comfortable knowing that BP OIL employee for 20+ years will have Michigan’s environment top priority I mean she dealt With the oil spill in 2010 that never should have happened with the amount of money BP MAKES Our governor is so smart How we allow people in power like this blows my mind. If My high school teacher would’ve told me I could’ve had a career lying stealing and cheating people and get away i could have been a Criminal I mean politician same thing right?